Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for declining prairie birds

Agency: The Nature Conservancy
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About The Program

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to develop a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for greater sage-grouse and four declining grassland songbirds (Sprague’s pipit, Baird’s sparrow, chestnut-collared longspur, McCown’s longspur). The CCAA is a voluntary agreement designed to maintain and enhance habitats for these birds on ranching and agricultural land.

Participating landowners voluntarily agree to address threats on property enrolled in a CCAA. In some cases, existing ranch management practices on enrolled properties may already provide suitable habitat for conditions for these birds. In exchange, landowners receive assurances that no additional conservation measures or additional land, water, or resource use restrictions would be required should any of the species covered by the CCAA become listed under the Endangered Species Act.

View the Program brochure here: CCAA Brochure

Contact Info

Kelsey Molloy
406 654-5517

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